United Methodist Centrist Movement: The Problem is the Paradigm

When I first read the United Methodist Centrist Movement (http://umcm.today) blog, “No Room at the Table for Centrists,” I got an ear worm.  Does anyone remember Twisted Sister?  Irritated that “centrists” were left out of a conversation of five UM caucus groups with the Commission on General Conference, they have made their feelings known. I […]

Creeds, Orthodoxy, and What is Required of United Methodists

A number of my blogging friends (here, here here, and here)  have been posting about the importance and value of the creeds (mainly Apostles and Nicene) for Christian belief and practice.  They also have engaged in debate about whether John Wesley’s leadership and United Methodist identity require acceptance and use of the creeds.  Those posts all […]

Ash Wednesday Homily, 2015

The Apostle Paul confesses in Romans 7:18, “I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.” Saint Paul apparently struggled with New Years resolutions like the rest of us! Yet, one of the points of deepest confusion, even among Christians long active in the church and generally familiar with the church’s teachings, has […]

Exposing Bad Thinking: An Illustration of Why Method Matters

My most recent post spoke to the importance of good method in having arguments.  I follow up here with a specific example to show why it matters in crucially practical ways.) A recent flurry of blog posts and “sharing” among United Methodists reveals some of the problems we need to avoid if we’re going to […]

Methods: More than Sharing Stories and Naming Sources

In a couple of different ways and places, lately, I’ve expressed an opinion about what is wrong with current United Methodist debates and what is needed.  My recent post about labels shared a personal experience illustrating the frustration of having people look past what I say and assigning a label that they then use to […]

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